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RAUMSCHIFF ENTERPRISE: 50 Years of the Embassy of the Czech Republic

Published April 19, 2022

The Czech Centre in Berlin in cooperation with the National Gallery Prague and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic present the exhibition RAUMSCHIFF ENTERPRISE: 50 Years of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Berlin.

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the design of the building of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Berlin, the Czech Centre in Berlin, in cooperation with the National Gallery Prague and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, is organizing the exhibition RAUMSCHIFF ENTERPRISE: 50 Years of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Berlin. The curator is Helena Huber-Doudová from the Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art of the National Gallery of Art.

The exhibition features unique photographs of the building by renowned architectural photographers Simon Schnepp and Morgane Renou, complemented by an archive of historical plans from the National Gallery Prague, photographs and models from the Berlinische Galerie and original pieces of furniture. The building was designed by architects Vera and Vladimir Makhonin and ranks among the most important icons of Berlin Brutalism. The study dates from 1972 and was completed six years later. The building was nicknamed the “Raumschiff Enterprise”, referring to its futuristic shape and location in the unprecedented proximity of the Berlin Wall. Its exterior contrasts with the colourful interior, which is complemented by unique artefacts made of glass, textiles and custom-designed furniture.

“The Machonins’ embassy building in Berlin, and Czechoslovak embassies in general from the post-war era, although less well known domestically, are among the most original architectural works, even in an international context, to emerge from architectural competitions in the 1960s. These buildings deserve our concentrated attention and care,” adds Helena Huber-Doudová, curator of the exhibition.
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The exhibition RAUMSCHIFF ENTERPRISE: 50 Years of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Berlin is on view at the Czech Centre in Berlin from 8 April and runs until 3 October 2022.